Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Friday, November 8, 2019

Final Days of Fall and New Habits

For the first time in my memory, I was not ready for fall when it arrived. I’m normally excited and cheerful, welcoming of the new season and ready for cooler days and vibrant colors, but not this time. This fall is colder than normal, and there is so much precipitation. It has been snowing, so winter is actually here. Halloween was canceled for most kiddos in our area because of a winter weather advisory, and we have actual accumulation and children sledding into the streets. Hallelujah.

However, I am thankful that I made it into the woods on the most beautiful fall day of all, and I played Poohsticks with my children. The foliage was vibrant, and little critters were scurrying under leaves. There were even some bugs buzzing around, but I understood it would be brief.

Fall and Winter Habits and Aspirations
Mind, Body, and Spirit: What have I been doing?

Mind: Audio Book During Commute and Paperback During Lunch

I have started reading The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (the original author of the book Practical Magic which was made into one of my favorite movies.) So far I love the balance of historical events with mysticism and feminism. I hope it turns out to be amazing as I’m in the beginning chapters right now.

I’m also reading Willful Disregard by Lena Andersson. It’s translated from Swedish, so I am finding the writing more interesting than most romance novels. Her writing is captivating and I can’t wait to finish it. I’m not in love with the story itself, but I’m still intrigued, which I think says a lot about the writing style.

Body: Running and Yoga

I have really started to love running again, and I love it so much that I switched up my routine by focusing on running, taking a break from the bike, and entering my first 10K! I wasn’t on the podium, but I was successful and finished well. It was the coldest running I had ever subjected myself to for outdoor running as the 31-degree day surprised me, but it was very motivating, and if I hadn’t needed to skip a few long runs I would’ve signed up for a half-marathon happening the first weekend of December.

Now, in early November, I have decided to focus on the indoor bike trainer with a shorter amount of time dedicated to running. I’ve also found an early Saturday morning yoga class; I have been neglecting group yoga even though the community energizes me.

Spirit: Podcasts and Yoga

In the car, usually on my way to work, I like to listen to podcasts. One of my favorites is Endurance Planet. The most recent episode is an interview with Sanjay Rawal. I loved it and recommend it for all people, but especially those who love running and are familiar with meditation. I started meditating frequently over one year ago, and I appreciate the spiritual connections made with running, and how Sanjay speaks about your feet praying to the ground.

From the Podcast’s Website: “Sanjay Rawal is a filmmaker and runner. His most recent film is called 3100: Run and Become, which documents a small but mighty race in New York every year in which people spend nearly their whole summer running roughly 60 miles every day consecutively on a 1/2 mile block until they reach 3100 miles, taking them on a path to self-transcendence.”

My goal for this winter is to stick to my healthy habits, such as moderate running and getting on the bike. I also want to make sure that I prioritize my yoga and meditation practices because those help me stay centered and happy. I want a happy and healthy fall and winter, so when I’m reborn in the spring I can become a better version of myself.


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